Millions of Americans are seeking effective chronic pain treatment to relieve their suffering. Chronic pain interferes with normal activities and greatly affects quality of life. These days, even young children are victims of chronic pain.
The most common types of chronic pain are joint pains and back aches. Chronic pain takes an emotional and physical toll on victims. When people with chronic pain find little relief, they become overwhelmed and depressed. Chronic pain usually causes a lack of sleep, unnecessary stress, and irritability.
What is the cause of the chronic pain epidemic? Are there any effective treatments for chronic pain besides prescription drugs? Some alternative treatments that may be beneficial for chronic pain are as follows.
Acupuncture. According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, acupuncture helps relieve chronic back pain better than the standard treatments of medications or physical therapy. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of healing in which fine needles are inserted in specific points of the body. Acupuncture is an effective treatment for pain and a variety of other health conditions, and is now endorsed by the Cancer Centers of America.
Massage Therapy. Massage therapy treatment involves manual manipulation of the muscles and body tissues. It is effective in relieving tension and stress in the body and reducing chronic pain, especially back pain. Massage therapy promotes relaxation and supports the healing process of the body. Most health insurance plans cover massage therapy.
Hydrotherapy. This treatment involves the use of water to reduce chronic pain. Hydrotherapy is often performed in heated pools of water that makes use of underwater massage. Hydrotherapy treatment includes saunas, and the use of hot or cold water compresses to treat pain or illness.
If you are suffering from chronic pain and do not want to experience side-effects or addiction problems that are common with prescription drugs, consider acupuncture, massage therapy, or hydrotherapy.